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    January 21, 2013
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dress, coat, fashion and such little time talking about the president of the united states and the overcoat he's wearing? what cab you tell us about that overcoat? >> well, i will ask him, wolf, but i will say i have an answer. she's more beautiful than he is and a better dresser. but other than that -- >> the poor men always get neglected, right? the president looks great. >> he had a very important tie choice to make today. it looks like he coordinated with her. >> he was definitely coordinated. his blue tie was really the final detail to the entire obama family and their color scheme. >> everybody gets a new outfit. i'm always wondering this. i just got married. my now husband got a new suit for the wedding but, you know, he didn't have to. men can -- did he get a new suit for the inauguration or did he wear a suit he already had? >> i would hope he got a new suit today. it's a great day. new year, new term. >> he did, he had a new suit for
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the last inauguration. i believe it was a tailor out of chicago who designed his suit. so certainly you would think he might have another one today but we don't actually know. the fact is, he coordinated his tie to her dress, not the reverse, right? >> absolutely. >> she probably picked the tie too, i would suspeexpect, wolf. >> i think it's fair to say she looks great, he looks great. we are going to continue our special coverage. we're now here in "the situation room." we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we're continuing to watch the president of the united states, the president of the united states and the first lady, they're now getting closer to where kate boulduan, jeffrey toobin and i are. christi paul is not that far away. christi where are you? >> madison and pennsylvania avenue. this crowd has been waiting for this because you know the
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announcer, charlie brattman, he is an institution here. i would like to say, he is spitting enthusiasm. he doesn't have that broadcaster's voice that some people might think but you can hear how excited he felts about this. he's been doing it for years. he's been telling them for last hour, we're getting ready, folks, he's almost here. and broadcasting, that's what we like to call a deep tease. so these folks have been ready and waiting for some time. as we're waiting to see the president come by. i was talking to you earlier about the five branches of the military standing here. they've been standing here since 9:00 this morning. in kind of an informal relaxed pose. but once some of the bands started coming through and the color guard, that immediately changed. we saw them saluting. and they're now in, you know, a very rigid format as they're supposed to be. getting ready to salute again as they wait for the president to
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come. again, these are folks that are here strictly to honor the president and the vice president and our country. they are not part of the security forces. but we're just waiting for this crowd to get crazy again because they've been practicing, doing the wave. charlie bratman, he's been really prompting them to get ready, to see who can scream the loudest when the president and the first lady come by. we of course will be hoping they'll be getting out of their seats because these are the prime seats that people paid a lot of money for. the blue section. and they have been very patient. but they've also been enthusiastic. i don't know if you've noticed this, wolf, tell me if you have, and i know you've covered many of these. but we've gone from seeing people with cameras in the stands to now phones in the stands. i'm surprised how many ipads i see taking pictures. >> everybody's taking pictures. everybody wants to record this
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for future generations. they sense that this is history and it is, indeed, history. jim acosta is right in front of the presidential limousine. jim, tell uss what you're seeing. i think he's making a right turn on to 15th street, is that right? >> that's right, he's making that right turn on to 15th street. where that meets the white house. and we're hopeful here. can't guarantee it. but one thing you could say, wolf, it's good to be the president. it's almost like being a rock star on every street corner in washington. every time he hits a new intersection, the cheers go up on both sides of pennsylvania avenue. it's just a whole new group of americans to greet as he makes his way to the white house. i have to tell you, it's been pretty exciting to watch all of this unfold from the back of this flat bed truck.
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every so often you catch a glimpse inside the limousine. when he's inside, sort of bathed in that light, he's waving to people, and you just kind of get that image. that image of history as it's unfolding right in front of us here. >> hey, jim, i think you're breaking up a little bit. there you see the president, the vice president, that's the vice president, that's the vice president, with his thumbs, giving a thumbs up to people along both sides. the vice president and jill biden there in their limo. the president and michelle obama, the first lady, in their limo. they're getting closer and closer to where we are. pretty soon, they'll be making a left turn back on to pennsylvania avenue. they'll be going right to that reviewing stand right across from where we are. the military formations have already passed.
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they're getting ready to receive the president at that the reviewing stand, kate. this is a specially build reviewing stand. they've spent a lot of time building this reviewing stand. the president will want to see each of the marching bands, each the floats pay tribute. they all have a significant special meaning for him. >> they all have a significant special meaning. there are eight official floats that will be coming by. some of them honoring hawaii. there will be a hawaii state float. there will be be an illinois state float. obviously the state where president barack obama was born. and illinois, the birth state of the first lady. and their home state. a pennsylvania state float, the birthplace of vice president joe biden. and also a delaware state float. the home state of vice president joe biden and dr. jill biden. so honoring very significant moments in our history. there will be a martin luther king jr. float.
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honoring this very day and many other floats. >> they're going right by the department of treasury, jeffrey toobin, right now. the department of treasury being literally right next door to the white house. >> i'm looking behind us at the reviewing stand. some of the family members are taking their place. i saw marianne robinson, michelle obama's mother, h brother, now seated. waiting for the president and the first lady. jim mesina, the campaign manager for barack obama, was whipping up the crowd, pumping his fist. when you win the election, this is what you get y. >> you saw the president's half-sister sitting in the first row. you've got a lot of family. a lot of friends. these are really -- when we talk about vip, these are the vip of the vip. >> last year, four years ago, i was in the exact same location. and it was so cold that even though it was a very coveted
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seat, the people who were not in behind that glass and not in the heated area, they were taking off pretty soon. but told it's nice. everybody's filling their seats. the weather is comfortable. >> still making his way along the department of treasury over there. pretty soon, that limo's going to be making a left turn. coming up, right behind the white house on to the -- right in front of the reviewing stand. the president will go into the white house. and then maybe they'll freshen up a little bit before they go out to the reviewing stand. >> it's always such a special moment when the president and the first lady get out of the beast, the limousine. >> they're stopping right now. let's see what happens. remember, four years ago, they did get back out. let's see if they do get back out. >> i'll tell you, maybe it was just my impression, but as we were watching them walk this time and then the limousines stop for them to get back in, it almost looked like the president was not ready to get back in. you do realize from his
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perspective, this is the last time. so he had said he wanted to soak this up, this whole experience. this is a very special moment for the family as well. >> he wants to savor every moment. the limo has stopped. let's see what happens. the doors are now open. the secret service is getting out. you know what that means. that means that the president and the first lady, the final 100 yards or so, they're going to walk. they're going to walk into the white house. big crowds right behind me over here. they are about to go crazy as the president, there he is, they're going to be so excited. wait till they see the president and the first lady walk the final 100, maybe 200 yard, until they've walked into the north lawn of the white house. into that reviewing stand. >> i think the president said as he was leaving the capitol after the inauguration going back into the capitol really hits home right now. he said, i want to take a look one more time. i'm not going to see this again.
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you can say that again right now. >> let's listen and watch as the president and the first lady walk towards the white house. [ cheers and applause ]
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christi paul, i hope you can hear me. the president's getting very close. do you see him? >> yes, i do. he is right behind. people are literally jumping up and down in the stands as they see him. they're holding their babies high. so they can see them as well.
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i do see the first lady and the president now. you can hear the crowd behind me. the last time around he did this, it was his first term. you have to wonder how different it feels this time for him. based on the crowd, i don't think he's going to hear me. >> christi, just go for it, shout a question, ask him how he feels, ask him how the first lady feels. especially -- if he hears you, he'll say something. go ahead. go ahead, christi.
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christi, did you hear -- >> okay, go ahead, wolf. >> did you shout a question, did he respond? >> no, he was talking to the crowd as he was walking by, pointing fingers, waving. you can hear the announcer hear as he announces the president and the first lady walking right in the middle of the road there. obviously with the motorcade behind them. but people are -- it's just so fun to see the reactions in the stands, wolf, as people go crazy waving. they've got people up here waving flags. as i said, holding babies and literally jumping up and down. almost like they're at a rock concert. i think that -- i think it was jim acosta who said he's like a rap star with every new block he gets on. and that was a great analogy. they're just coming out now, wolf. i think next to you. as they get closer, just a few
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steps closer. they're just a couple of steps away here from the presidential viewing stand. and we'ill be taking their seat. >> i see the president and the first lady. they're right over here. i'll see if i can grab his attention. see if he maybe wants to -- mr. president. >> he's not quite hearing you. >> it's very, very noisy. >> you can imagine why. he's getting closer and closer. mr. president, hey, mr. president, how you doing? let's see if i stand up. >> see if the president can see us. >> mr. president. mr. president. how you doing? hey, mr. president.
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mrs. obama. i don't know if they see me. >> i believe michelle is cheering yes, we can, as they walk past us. we'll see where they're heading. this is a unique thing even for you, wolf. >> i saw the first lady, there's the first lady over there. >> what's this like, wolf, what do you think? >> well, you know, we're spectators. we're tourists here in washington. >> here, sit down -- >> i think this is my blackberry interfering with this. >> it's okay, sit down. what do you make of this whole thing? >> hold on, hold on. >> okay. >> i got a lot of static.
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>> all right, we're back in business. there's the president right now. it's a little strange to see what was going on. look, this is history over here. >> the people deserve to see their president and it is so much better when they're walking -- >> he seems pretty happy. they're going to be walking into the white house and then they're going to go to the reviewing stand, kate, and enjoy the parade like all of us. >> if you were in political life and this doesn't make you happy, you really picked the wrong profession. because this is really pretty much as good as it gets.
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scre screaming, thousands of people. beginning your second term as president of the united states. this is good stuff. >> i'm just looking back here at some of the fans, the spectators, that are sitting behind us. they're really all just look as if they're pinching themselves. they seem just as surprised that the president walked all the way here. >> this is pennsylvania avenue. he's right in front of the north lawn of the white house right now. approaching 17th street. this used to be a regular street. they shut the street down to regular traffic. people cab walk there. that was of course several years before 9/11 that that -- that was 1994. and the city is less accessible than it used to be.
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a lot of washingtonians, i'm not a native, but they really feel very sad that pennsylvania avenue is closed. that was part of living in washington that you could drive by. although you can walk by. tourists do it all the time. >> you can park at 17th and penn and go for a walk and walk in front of the north lawn of the white house, walk around, see what's going on. they repaved pennsylvania avenue. because there's no traffic there, it's just basically a pedestrian area where people can go and enjoy the white house. i don't know what -- have you seen dr. jill biden? >> i was just trying to see that. now they will at some point make their way to the reviewing stand and then the performances for them shall begin. we know there's a lot ahead. they really do seem to just kind of be soaking this all in. >> i don't know about you but i'm looking forward to the
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marching bands. did i mention i'm looking forward to the floats as well? >> wolf, you staked out a clearly pro-float position i think. >> he's very pro float. he's very pro float. >> you like the macy's day parade? you're a new yorker. >> i like the floats. they have big balloons but we're not going to have big balloons. >> we'll have nice floats. very nice patriotic floats. a lot of red, white and blue here at this parade. >> we may even see a volcano on a float in my research i read. >> what's the volcano represent? >> that will be a hawaii reference. >> really? that's very exciting. >> i am an endless boundless fountain of knowledge on floats this time around. >> you've done a lot of research on the floats. so far, we haven't seen any of those floats but we will be seeing them. we'll let our viewers enjoy this parade. i think it's fair to say this is a special edition of "the situation room" right here. >> it's also fair to say vice president biden is enjoying himself as well. he sure looked happy.
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>> the vice president -- you know this well, jeffrey, he always seems to be pretty happy. >> they are so different. you know, joe biden was born to be a politician. sort of like bill clinton or even chuck schumer. these are people who really live off this sort of interaction with crowds. barack obama is a little different kind of character. he is a more reserved, more cerebral kind of person. >> looks like they'll get back in the limb yoo for the final d into the white house. >> it's worth looking at that door to that limo. look at how thick that door is. that's not a honda. >> that's not your typical cadill cadillac. it's not something you just go and say, i'll take one of those. >> with a different paint job. >> yeah, give me the -- >> he really -- i mean, he does not even look like he wants to get back in.
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gentlemen, i would like to tell you, you might want to turn around, because the vice president and dr. biden are about to approach us and pass us. >> let's see if we can do it again. let's see if joe biden or -- will recognize and will say -- i'm going to have to stand up. once i stand up, all my wires here they sort of fall apart. >> they are very excited to see him. >> let's see -- hey, i'm waving. >> you're watching. >> mr. vice president, come up here and talk to us. hey, mr. vice president. i don't think he wants to talk. >> i think he cannot hear you is probably -- >> yeah, hey, mr. vice president. mr. vice president. he's happy. i think he was waving to kate.
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he was definitely not waving to me. >> i don't like to brag. very special day. >> barack obama is -- has made his last passage. who knows. joe biden may be back. >> what do you think? >> i think if it were up to joe biden, he'd be back. i think -- he's older than -- he would be older than ronald reagan when he ran for president the first time. he looks in great shape. nobody likes it better. >> he's doing a little rope line over there. you see some young kids. he decides that he's going to improvise a little bit. he's right down -- right below us over here in our area. >> just what the secret service do not want to hear, the vice president is improvising. >> yeah, this is -- you see, he's a natural born politician. >> this is joe biden in his
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element. he's a little different than all those parades in wilmington, delaware, july 4th parades. >> that was a member of the secret service saying, please, mr. president, don't go to the side again. >> he's having a good time. >> he's become so much more -- correct me if i'm wrong, jeffrey, the last few weeks, he seems to be everywhere, joe biden. >> i think that really is -- it's no coincidence that people are talking more about his run being for president. he closed the deal on the debt ceiling with mitch mcconnell. he was the spokesman for the gun initiative. these are high-profile roles that presidents don't have to give to vice presidents. this is how important joe biden has become in this administration. >> they clearly have an incredible relationship. gloria borger just spent some time with the vice president. gloria, if you can hear me, talk a little about what we're seeing right now. >> i think you're seeing vintage
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joe biden. this is the joe biden that those of us who have covered him for quite some time know pretty well. i mean, it's unvarnished. this is not his parade but he's kind of turning it into his parade. i think he knows, wolf, that this could be his last parade unless he does run again. he wouldn't commit to me one way or another. i think he's surely thinking about it. we were talking here about how fit joe biden is. for a man his age. when i was -- i interviewed him in the old executive office building on friday. look at him run. and that's how he walks down the hall at the old eob. and stops to talk to everybody. and irrepressible. he's also a little bit of a goof, like he likes to have fun. when you have donors come into the white house who don't feel like they always get enough attention and it's not the president's favorite thing to
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pay them a lot of attention. sometimes vice president biden will pop out and suddenly they end up in his office and he's the one who's really taking care of folks or a staffer whose family is coming to visit. he's the one -- shows the touch. >> -- as much as he's enjoying this, he's loving this. >> here's the thing about joe biden. joe biden is one of these -- he's one of these sort of visceral, touchy, "hug you" politicians who comes up right in your face when he talks to you. >> his heart iright out there. >> let's remember, he's lucky to be alive. he is in great health now, but he had the brain issue years ago and he just loves this. he is the ultimate happy warrior. he loves every part of politics. he's been critical to the president in that regard. but he loves this stuff. i think gloria's right. in the front of his mind, he wants to run and he hopes this is his parade four years from
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now. but in the back of his mind, he has to know he's 70 years old. so like the president, very different personalities. i think the thing we have seen and, wolf and kate, you've been closer to it, but the thing we've seen front and center is they're both taking their time to soak it in, enjoy the moment. >> look at him. he's running, he's doing laps on the parade route. >> don't you think he knows the eyes of the country are on him? >> sure. >> at 70, he's showing just how vigorous he is is how much he enjoys politics. he has sort of an infectious optimism, infectious happiness. >> and, david, you know, the thing is, i think he's finally found his zone in terms of his job. the president and he have sort of figured out a relationship that really works for them. i think he feel useful. >> my sense is the longer he's in the public spotlight, the less barack obama's a lame duck. >> excellent point.
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the president and the vice president on the white house grounds. they can go in and freshen up a bit. they will be out soon to watch the main event of this, the parade. they've put that thing up every four years. it makes pennsylvania avenue a great place. this is our version of the macy's thanksgiving day parade. the president has the best seat right out front. as we wait for the parade, the moments, you know, you talk about these two men, they're very different. joe biden will be interesting to watch in the next couple of years. in your interview earlier, just right out of the vice presidential playbook, sure, i help out, but only because the president gives me the portfolio. sure they trust me, but only because they know the president will take any deal i take. one thing that will be fascinating to watch. the president laid out some hefty lifts today. we now have some joe biden and other potential 2016 guys talking gun control. an issue democrats ran from
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after gore lost. suddenly the vice president's office starts to think, is this good for me. >> the one thing biden said, we're going to show this part of the interview later, i said, is there any way you might not run, and his answer was, if the economy tanks, if things don't go well, it's not going to be great for me, was his sort of implication. if things work well, let's take a look at it then. and that's where they have to work together to turn the economy around. because that's of course what is going to be -- >> even if he decided not to run, he would keep that a secret as long as he could. because that's his leverage, isn't it, david gergen? we knew in the second term dick cheney was not going to run in the bush years and you saw he lost some foreign policy issuei. if the first year, he was dominant. and he was not as big a force in the republican party because people knew he was not going to be on the electoral battlefield.
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>> i think that's right, john. from his point of view, what he also -- he has to worry not only about whether hillary clinton's going to get in, not only about his own age and health, he has to worry about the overall success of this partnership. he has a very strong self-interest in seeing barack obama succeed. as you well know, after eight years of one party being in office, it's not easy to hold on to that office. and one of the things that helped to elect george h.w. bush at the end of reagan was reagan went out on a high. he had some trouble in the second term but he went out on a high. and that really helped bush. i think that's important for biden that president obama succeed. >> i just missed this one but the last vice president before george h.w. bush was martin van buren. >> biden has constantly been in and out of the dog house for say things he wasn't supposed to say for the longest time. right now, he is in, as gloria was saying, just the perfect sweet spot for him, because he has succeeded. the challenge is, i'm trying to
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emphasize about this speech, we don't know what the president wants to done in his second ter. such a litany of agent that items. you know, less is more. there was too much "more" in this speech and that i think is the trap for him now, for biden. >> i think it was a bold list the president puts out. the question is was the priority, what does he go to first? in the sweetest spot for the parade, wolf blitzer. >> we're waiting for the president and the first lady, the marching bands, they're all getting ready to start walking in front of that reviewing stand. you're going to see it all on this special edition of "the situation room." we'll take a quick break as we await the president and the first lady. our special coverage will continue. with floats and marching bands and a whole lot more right after this. i'm a conservative investor. i invest in what i know. i turned 65 last week. i'm getting married. planning a life. there are risks, sure. but, there's no reward without it. i want to be prepared for the long haul.
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the parade has begun. it is moving down pennsylvania avenue. there are marching bands. there are a lot of floats. there's a lot of people who are celebrating this day. an important day in american history. the inauguration of president obama for the second time.
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kate bolduan is watching what's going on, jeffrey toobin with me as well. once they get to the reviewing stand, they will be saluting all of these participants, and there are a lot of them, who have come to washington from all over the country. >>cy actually read there were twice as many appli nt kas appli nt kas to participate in the parade this year than four years ago but of course they can't accept all of those applications. but there's still some 480 people taking part in this parade. i don't know why this stat sticks out in my mind. maybe because i think it's strange. some 200 animals will also be honoring the president in this parade. >> there's a great deal of tension about which kind of animals. we know horses. but beyond horses. >> i don't know. i'm not going to pretend i know the answer. >> that's why you have to keep watching. >> maybe there's a mule. >> who knows? where did you get mule? >> there could be a mule.
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symbolic mule. >> we will see. >> they're still on pennsylvania avenue over there. they're working their way from capitol hill. the highlight happens right behind us, where they actually go by the president and the first lady and the vice president, the second lady, at that reviewing stand. that's when they sort of pause. they do their special tricks, if you will. they do their special moves. >> performance. >> right. >> they really get into it. they want to perform for the president. >> i was sitting here four years ago and you could just see the excitement on the part of all the participants. the band members. the baton people. and they are -- they will go. >> you know, they're already looking at the legacy of what's going on. you see some of the -- as i said before, a lot of red, white and blue. we're seeing it -- there you see some of the horses. >> there are your animals. >> this is a live picture of pennsylvania avenue, right outside the white house. i guess they're waiting for the
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president and the first lady to show up. they want -- when they go by the various marching bands and the floats, they want to make sure the president sees them and the president will be seeing them. >> absolutely. we do -- there were six announcers throughout the parade route try to pump up the crowd. also telling the crowd as they are coming along who is coming up, what marching band. that looks like it. illinois float. then there is the famous kind of announcer. he's the veteran chief announcer of these inaugural parades, charles bratman. he's done 14 inauguration parade, back since 1967, so he is a veteran of this. he keeps coming back. i think probably because he's good at it. >> folks are waiting for the president and the first lady to take their seats inside. but so far, they're still waiting and waiting. but that's fine. this has been an incredibly busy
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looks like this is the south shore drill team from chicago,
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illinois. you see the president's home state of chicago. this is the drill team that was unable to attend president obama's first inauguration because of a lack of funds. this time, they were able to raise the money to attend. performs at about 120 parades and special events each year. but none, none, will be as special as what they're about to do when they go in front of the reviewing stand and perform for the president and the first lady. there's the reviewing stand. robin meade, where are you right now? i know you've been moving around. we're waiting for the president to move into the reviewing stand so we can begin. >> i'm at pennsylvania avenue and seventh street. can i give you the sounds of silence? down here, everyone's at parade rest. because they want to wait till they get seated down where you guys are and save their energy. at the moment, look behind me. even the marines, the u.s. marines even do parade rest with
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precision. look at all those chiseled jaws and complete silence. i mean, if i yelled out, "we love the marines" no one would even crack a smile. that's what's happening. it's almost like everyone behind the marines are following suit. the chinese-american community center folk dance troupe you will see later out of delaware, even though are at a marine-like parade rest. so it's very quiet down here. as we wait for your guys' end to start moving. the president, mrs. obama, get seated yet? >> we're state waiting. right behind us. we're right across the street from the reviewing stand. all the vips, the family members, other distinguished guests, they're all inside. i think they're waiting for the president and the first lady and the vice president, the second lady, to come in, the families, the immediate kids, and i think this parade will get moving. right now, it's paused as we await. they've got to walk outside of the north -- the north lawn of the white house, towards that
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reviewing stand. so you see the folks there waiting. you see some of the relatives there. there was a real poignant moment when the president was leaving capitol hill and he took a look at what he saw. i think we have a clip. i'm going to play it. let's see how good the audio is. i think it's worth discussing. >> -- i'm not going to see this again. >> the president said "i want to take a look one more time, i'm not going to see this again." as he looked out at the capitol. at what was going on. now you see the vice president and jill biden and their family. they are walking towards the reviewing stand through the north lawn of the white house from the north portico.
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you see the west wing of the white house right behind them. they're going in. once they're in, once they're seated, the president and the first lady, sasha and malia, they will come in. let's listen in. >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states and dr. jill biden. >> so there you see the vice
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president and his family. they're being seated in the front row. literally right behind us in the reviewing stand. you know when the vice president and the vice president's family, they are seated, you know who's not far behind, kate, the president and the first lady. they're walking out of the north portico. walking down the south lawn. you see the driveway over there. where they'll be going. you see the daughters sasha and malia as well. let's just watch and listen as the president moves towards the reviewing stand.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and mrs. michelle obama.
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all right, so there they are, sasha and malia, the first lady, the president, they're in the front row, as they should be. and they are going to watch this parade and enjoy it. the president, meanwhile, taking an opportunity to greet his guests. these are the vips of the vips who have been invited inside this secure closed area for this special moment. the president clearly, kate, savoring this. this is a special time. i think he'll find out the next four years will go very quickly. he's going to want to take
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advantage of every day, either hour. >> he definitely does seem like he is trying to savor every moment of this day. we're getting some information about who all is joining the vice president and the president sharing a private moment. we are getting some information about who's joining the obamas and the bidens. they're joined by congressional leader, supreme court justices, governors, the joint chiefs, white house staff, as well as area elementary school students and some of the tusogee airmen. >> the tuskogee airmen, fought for the united states in world war ii. they are being honored as they should be. especially on dr. martin luther king jr. day here. >> there is a tuskogee airmen
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float that will go by today. >> they were discriminated against, world war ii, the military was still segregated. it took harry truman to integrate the armed forces. but they fought heroically. mostly in europe. and several of them are still alive. >> yes, yes, they are. and even as we watch what's going on. you see the president. i think he wants this to get going. what does the vice president haveness hand? a little program? >> maybe it is a little program. i wouldn't be surprised. they probably want to know who's coming up and who's next. i'm sure they also want to know which float they get to see next. >> and i see -- they did not change their outfits. >> but it must be heated i'm guessing. >> the glass part is heated. >> it must be heated because they all seem more comfortable.
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actually, when the sun came out, it got very comfortable here. >> yeah, they're in a closed area right now so they can take off their overcoats and relax and enjoy and have a good time. and appreciate this moment. this is the moment that all of us are appreciating as well. >> yet another reason that it's good to be the president. you get the heated area. >> there are many reasons. >> let's -- as we see what's going on -- who's that? somebody's coming in to hug the daughters. i don't know who that is. find out soon enough. let's take a quick break. we'll find out on the other side as we await the start of the parade in nt from of the reviewing stand. our special coverage will resume in "the situation room" right after this. it's a new day. if your a man with low testosterone, you should know that axiron is here. the only underarm treatment for low t.
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all right. the good news, they are moving now, the parade. they're moving along. the marching bands, the floats, they're moving along pennsylvania avenue, kate, and they'll be approaching the reviewing stand where the president and the vice president and their families, they are now seated in the front row. there he is, the president right there. took off his overcoat. they're in a heated area, a secluded closed area. there you see the first lady. >> i'm even seeing -- >> and malia, they've got their little smart phones, taking pictures. >> vice president biden's taking a picture of dr. biden right now, it's very cute actually. >> you see sasha taking a picture of mom and dad. nice. very nice. >> do it again, dad. >> she's saying, dad, kiss her, kiss her. >> there's the picture. >> remember what they said at the basketball game. >> that was at the usa/brazil basketball game when the kiss camera came on, they didn't kiss.
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malia made sure they did at some point. >> it's funny because it's one of those -- we're all alike moments. because it's exactly what any family would be doing at a parade. >> jim acosta's now joined us here on our little reviewing stand as we're sitting across from them. jim, what was it like out there? you went the whole way from capitol hill on that -- that sort of flat truck, watching what was going on. >> all due respect to all my cnn colleagues who have worked a lot of hours out here and been in some pretty neat positions in terms of watching this history unfold, i sort of feel like i was in a great position there on pennsylvania avenue. i hate to brag but might have been the best view in town. >> by the way, that's general raymond odeinero, meeting with the president and the vice president. >> the point i was sort getting at, when you watch the president and the first lady make their way down pennsylvania avenue,
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you know, it is just impossible not to feel amazing about this country, you know, it is just one of those things that you feel like you're never going to see again in your lifetime and we got to see it right there in front of us so it was something to behold. >> there's the u.s. army field band moving along. they're going to get closer to the reviewing stand. at some point, you know what i'd like to do, listen in to a little bit of the music. let's listen a little bit right now. >> now approaching, west point, the united states military
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academy. upon graduation, they will serve in the united states army. ♪
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♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the
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punahou school band representing honolulu, hawaii, president obama's birthplace. ♪ >> all right, this is the punahou -- i keep mispronouncing it, the punahou marching band from honolulu. the president of the united states graduated from punahou high school in 1979. at the 2013 presidential inauguration parade, the school is now proudly representing his past and honoring hawaii's connections to him. this is